F Simple and Serene Living: FEBRUARY THANKSGIVING WITH FRIENDS 09 10
Sunday, February 3, 2019

FEBRUARY THANKSGIVING WITH FRIENDS

Saturday morning I was up early to put the turkey in the oven. 

Wait??? What??? Isn't this February? Well yes it is, but I had a turkey in the freezer that was waiting for a special occasion. 

What could be more special than a Groundhog day lunch with friends? 


(Puppies and grandchildren toes are good too)

I sort of missed Thanksgiving in November. My mom was too ill to eat, although I went out and got her a meal, and a week later she passed away. 

Two months have passed and as I am looking forward to moving in the near future I am trying to clean out my freezer. I suggested a Saturday potluck to a few friends and they were quick to jump on the bandwagon. 



We divided up what each person would bring for our February Thanksgiving and as I had the turkey and a southern pecan pie that was from my mom's freezer I put my name down for those. 

I have lost many friends over the years so I have learned to value friendships while I have them. 

My two closest friends from college both passed away 20 years ago. My close friend in California passed at the age of 46.



I had two best friends growing up in Canada. I lost track of one of them, and although I have since tracked down where she is, I was told she didn't want anything to do with the people from her childhood and so I have respected that. 

My other friend and I were keeping in touch sporadically and I was hoping to go and visit her soon. I knew that things seemed off with her the last few years, but was shocked to learn from another childhood friend that my smart, sassy, lawyer friend was now in a nursing home with early onset dementia. 

Friends are a blessing. They are people who choose to spend time with us just because they like us. We don't know how long they will be with us, but they are a very important part of our lives. I appreciate mine every day.






P.S. I didn't post any photos of my friends because they didn't want their pictures taken. They are all wonderful and beautiful. 

3 comments:

  1. Hi Laura, Today is my mom's birthday. She would have been 96...I can not even think of her that age. I know you miss your mom. Mine has been gone 12 years, but I still miss her and long for one more hug or I love you. Glad you had a gathering with your friends. I had a little sign once that said "Friends are a gift we give ourselves." Blessings to you Laura, I wish you new friends and neighbors when you move. xoxo, Susie

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  2. Happy to hear you had a nice gathering with friends. I have lost friends over the years due to my illness. I figure now good if they couldn't be my friend because of that they weren't friends.

    Now I have wonderful friends who are cheering me on since I have improved so.

    Cindy

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  3. What a wonderful event to have.... friendship and Thanksgiving.. they go together. I have lost many many of my friends over the years. It is so sad.. and I continue to value those who are left in my life. I liked that sentence "they choose to spend time with us just because they like us". That is a very powerful way to say how friends ARE such a blessing! Glad you had a good time with your wonderful friends! Marilyn

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